Taking Command Newsletter

Local Issues: City, County, and Metropolitan

May 2015

Here are some highlights of state-level issues AKC GR is currently tracking.  Visit the 2015 Legislation Tracking page and click on your state to get the latest updates on state bills monitored by the AKC.

The AKC Government Relations Department is pleased to assist dog owners with canine legislation issues in their local communities, but we can't help unless we are aware of the proposal. Please contact us at (919) 816-3720 or doglaw@akc.org when new laws are discussed or introduced in your city or county. We will provide you with resources and tools to help defend the rights of dog owners and support responsible dog ownership in your community.

Here are some examples of the local issues currently being addressed by AKC GR:

AZ, Yavapai County — Yavapai County proposed a 5-dog ownership limit, unless the owner obtains a “use permit” approved by the county. The AKC sent out alerts to local clubs and breeders and encouraged them to attend the public meetings and contact the planning and zoning commission. The commission has decided to table the proposal. Local clubs and the AKC are still monitoring this, as well as another limit law being proposed in Dewey-Humboldt, AZ, a town in the county.

CA, Whittier — The Whittier City Council has delayed a vote on adopting the Los Angeles County Code (which includes mandatory spay/neuter provisions) until at least July. AKC GR sent a letter of opposition and local dog owners joined the California Federation of Dog Clubs in opposing the measure. AKC GR will provide updates to local fanciers and breeders as more information becomes available.

NV, Washoe County — The Washoe County Board of Commissioners has held multiple public hearings regarding changes to the county’s animal control code. A revised draft is expected to come before the commission after January 1, 2015. Proposed changes include breeder licensing, dangerous dog updates, changing nuisance regulations and possible regulation of retail sales. Some of the changes will bring the county into compliance with new state laws but in some cases definitions are changed or expanded. AKC GR continues to closely monitor these hearings, and has issued a legislative alert to local clubs and parent clubs.

TN, Lebanon — A public meeting on city pet policy was held on April 20. According to local residents, proposals could include pet limits, regulations and fees, and persons with more than four cats and/or dogs could be required to purchase a kennel/breeder license and submit to inspections of their premises where pets are kept. City council staff reports that an ordinance has not been drafted at this time.